We’re peering into our crystal ball to find out which modern-day bands are destined for classic-rock greatness. With some classic-rock stations already playing bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and the Red Hot Chili Peppers alongside AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, the boundaries of the genre continue to expand. In a few decades (or maybe even a few years), which current bands could be sharing airspace with established rock titans? Take a look at the future of classic rock.
When the Followill boys (three brothers and a cousin) released their first album in 2003, some called them the “Southern Strokes” because of their edgy, post-punk vibe and twangy guitars (plus plenty of cowbell). Over the course of a few albums, the Nashville band’s sound became bombastic (opening for U2 certainly didn’t hurt), featuring bigger guitars and catchier choruses. With 2008’s blockbuster ‘Only by the Night,’ the Kings of Leon truly became rock royalty, boasting multi-platinum sales, arena tours and huge radio hits like ‘Sex on Fire’ and ‘Use Somebody.’
With fuzzy guitars and fuzzier memories, Queens of the Stone Age can be found floating above the intersection of stoner rock and stoner metal — which certainly qualifies them as one of the Modern-Day Bands Destined for Classic-Rock Greatness. Josh Homme and pals are like the Greatful Dead rising out of Deep Purple: They hit hard, but hang around long enough to make sure they left a bruise. Homme pays tribute to the glory of rock radio and howls about classic subjects like sex and drugs. He steals song titles from Elvis and sounds from Blue Oyster Cult. And we can only be in awe of a guy who got to create a side project (Them Crooked Vultures) with classic-rock legend John Paul Jones and one-time QOTSA co-conspirator Dave Grohl.
No band on the planet celebrates the glory of rock ‘n’ roll more wholeheartedly than the Drive-By Truckers. Their 2001 opus ‘Southern Rock Opera’ is enough to place them on this list, given its loving tribute to not just Lynyrd Skynyrd, but also Neil Young, AC/DC, Thin Lizzy and more ’70s rock greats. Subsequent albums have revealed a breadth of influence and depth of soulful songwriting, whether in Mike Cooley’s Stonesy rocker ‘Marry Me,’ former member Jason Isbell’s Band eulogy ‘Danko / Manuel’ or the slow-building, vintage FM sound of Patterson Hood’s ‘Used to Be a Cop.’ Hood, the Truckers’ driving force, has a special rock lineage: His father is David Hood, co-founder of Muscle Shoals Sound Studios and bassist on gems by Paul Simon, Bob Seger and Traffic. Most of DBT’s songs — from ‘Lookout Mountain’ to ‘3 Dimes Down’ — would fit seamlessly among those classics. In concert, they’re even better.
Taken from Ultimate Classic Rock : http://bit.ly/1mUk5Se